Enlightenment Science in the Romantic Era: The Chemistry of Berzelius and its Cultural Setting by Evan M. MelhadoEnlightenment Science in the Romantic Era: The Chemistry of Berzelius and its Cultural Setting by Evan M. Melhado

Enlightenment Science in the Romantic Era: The Chemistry of Berzelius and its Cultural Setting

EditorEvan M. Melhado, Tore Frdngsmyr

Paperback | February 13, 2003

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Joseph Berzelius (1779-1848), one of the world's leading scientists in the first half of the nineteenth century, dominated the field of chemistry, animated the cultural life of his native Sweden, and served for three decades as secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Despite his immense stature, modern studies have underestimated his significance. This volume remedies the scarcity of accessible, modern assessments of Berzelius by bringing to a broad audience the results of recent scholarship, and it offers an enhanced assessment of his originality and influence.
Title:Enlightenment Science in the Romantic Era: The Chemistry of Berzelius and its Cultural SettingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:February 13, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521531241

ISBN - 13:9780521531245

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Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Berzelius and his time; 2. 'Truth, The Angel of Light': Berzelius, Agardh and Hwasser; 3. Berzelius and the atomic theory: the intellectual background; 4. Berzelius, Dalton and the chemical atom; 5. Berzelius's animal chemistry: from physiology to organic chemisty, 1805-1814; 6. Novelty and tradition in the chemistry of Berzelius (1803-1819); 7. Berzelius as godfather of isomorphism; 8. Berzelius, the dualistic hypothesis, and the rise of organic chemistry; 9. Berzelius as a European traveller; A selected bibliography; Index.

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"...The aim of this excellent volume is to use the results of modern scholarship to replace the impoverished image of Berzelius and his chemistry with a keener appreciation of his contemporary significance...reflects admirably on the current state of Berzelius scholarship. It also promises to be an important focal point for future research into nineteenth-century chemistry for many years to come." John McEvoy, Isis